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BEHIND THE SCENES – STUDIO SHOOT

June 4, 2015
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Behind the scenes – dun dun dun! Yep, we’re spilling the beans on what the in’s and out’s of a Duluth Pack photo shoot really entail. Picture lots of caffeinated beverages, tremendous lighting, canvas everywhere, Erbert and Gerbert’s food and our marketing team DJ’ing – AKA: playing songs from our phones (a good mixture of pop, country, R&B and alternative).

Photo shoots contain a large amount of energy, time and organization. It’s about bringing our products to life. Here is a daily photo shoot schedule:

8:50 a.m. – You drive to the local coffee shop and pick up your go-to java. Add an extra shot of espresso, you may need it! High energy is crucial.

9:00 a.m. – You get to your office, swivel in your chair and open your laptop. Scroll through the layout for the day – What products are needed, setting props and payment prepared. You catch up on emails, since you will be away from your laptop majority of the day and begin cranking out your morning to-do’s. Getting that done ALWAYS feels good!

10:30 a.m. – Steam any apparel pieces (from the Duluth Pack retail store in Canal Park) in preps to make them look their finest. Begin stuffing Duluth Pack bags with paper and packing peanuts. This is a tedious, but necessary step. If a product doesn’t look good, the shoot won’t look good. It’s that simple. This happens to be some-what relaxing.

12:00 p.m. – GO TIME! Your model arrives and it’s time to get the party started. Outfits are hanging in numerical order, the set is prepared and the large fan is turned on.

1:30 p.m. – By this time we are beyond hungry. A quick lunch break is necessary to refuel. A fun chat, plans and re-run of the first photos are discussed. What new products or movements we can incorporate will be mentioned.

4:30 – The shoot has officially wrapped up. All the preparations have been worth every second and sigh of relief happens. Fist pumping is absolutely recommended at this point.

5:00 – Editing! This step takes more than just one day, but uploading the photos is needed right away. This double checks that every aspect of the shoot worked.

6:00 – You have conquered the day and created a wonderful photo shoot! Home is calling you.

We would like to thank our wonderful model, Courtney for a fun recent shoot at the Duluth Pack studio in our headquarters!

– From your friends at Duluth Pack

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HUNTERS, GATHERS & THE OVER PACKERS

June 1, 2015
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hunters, gathers & the over packs…

I personally happen to be the latter – thank goodness for lifetime guaranteed Duluth Pack zippers to hold in the excess apparel options!

Anyways, back in the day, life came between what humans hunted and gathered to survive. This was crucial to live – no if’s, ands or buts about it. In modern day society, it’s not that straight forward. It seems to have come down to the effect that we hunt for what we want (i.e.: relationships, friends, security), we gather what we need (via: food, family, water, shelter) and over pack the unnecessary (with: dress clothes, concert tickets, drama, stress, expectations). Can we just go back to simpler times every so often? I’m not saying we have to take two sticks and rub them together hoping a flick of a flame happens, but rather we take on the mindset of essentials. AKA: we leave behind the unnecessary stresses or obstacles in life and focus on the future.

This ride called, “life” – It’s about where you are going, where you want to be and where you want to end up. To get there though, we all need a few good luggage pieces to help along the way (wink, wink – Duluth Pack ). What do you believe is your personal destiny? Here at DP, we want to go places, be places, live in the present, strive for the future and grow with our customers. Let’s do it together, friends!

Reality proves, we are all a little bit of a hunter, a gather and a over packer in our veins. We’re human beings for crying out loud – it’s inevitable. We’re thirsty for more, for better and quality filled lives and let’s sure not settle for anything less than that. Let’s keep the fuel from the fire roaring and go after what intrigues us and pushes us beyond just survival means. So what do ya say? Up for an adventure? We’re packing our bags as we speak write!

Thank you to our friend, Amanda from JaneCane Photography for this fantastic snap of her beloved Olive Drab Duluth Pack Sportsman’s Duffel! You can find her website HERE

– From your friends at Duluth Pack

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DESK SIDE WITH OUR PRESIDENT

May 28, 2015
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There are so many of us who dream of owning our own business. We imagine the life of being the best entrepreneur possible, having the title – “Head Honcho”, driving a brand or company to go from A-Z and rolling in the big bucks. Yeah, it does sound great, right? It is, but it is much more than putting your feet up, having food delivered to your desk and fun conversations during meetings. What most don’t think about are the long nights, extraordinary internal “got-to-do-it” drive and incredible risk in making a career successful and booming.

Quite often, I am blown away by the amount of organization, sanity, day juggling and needs our upper management faces day after day. This morning we sit down with the President of Duluth Pack, Tom Sega. He opens up about his morning ritual, inspirations and talks what the top of his desk looks like on a daily basis.

Tom Sega – Duluth Pack’s President

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Before we even begin, I casually walk into Tom’s office and plop down in a chair across from his dark wood desk. He swivels his chair over, huge smile on his face and a Mountain Dew within an arm’s length away. He proudly waves me over to his laptop and peers with full excitement at his screen. We are staring at a new project in the works that is top secret . “This is exciting news”, he states. I couldn’t agree more, it absolutely is. Ps: You all will be happy once it is released.

I hunker back down in the chair and open up my notebook of curious questions. I mean, really.. how does someone take on so many responsibilities of a internationally recognized brand and remain so humble? After a conversation just shy of an hour, here is what I discovered and help answer that very quesiton:

How do you…

Start your morning: Drinking coffee with my lovely wife while having a great discussion.

Stay motivated: It is so easy to stay motivated when you truly believe in what you are doing. When you are a quality first company and employing, hard working Americans, it is a passion and my duty to make sure we grow the Duluth Pack brand.

Remain inspired: By being able share the 133 year history and heritage of the longest running USA based canvas and leather, pack and bag Manufacturer. Also, to see our payroll grow as we add more talented people and extend the Duluth Pack brand to new markets and locations.

Lead a company: By setting people up for success and allowing them to do what they do so well. I hope that I inspire others to be the best they can be. I love being able to share my passion for the Duluth Pack Brand. My dad always said, “ You can do anything that you put your mind to and are willing to work hard for. Don’t ever let anyone tell you that you can’t do something that inspires you .”

Motivate others: I truly hope that all others are motivated and inspired by being allowed to do what they do so well. I will challenge people to think out of the box and push their boundaries. I want others to be fearless.

Find personal balance: At times can be a struggle for me, but as I have become older I have come to understand that I can not do it all and I need to allow the very talented people around me to do what they do so well. I believe this comes from my passion for what we are doing at Duluth Pack.
My get aways are, being with family, in my bow stand hunting alone and with a fishing pole in my hand.

Stay organized: This has always been a struggle for me as my plate is quite full. Thank goodness for smartphones and scheduling apps.

End your day: With family, read to wind down and check the google analytics web app one last time. Sorry, can’t help myself in seeing how our web site ended the day.

After the time has come, all questions are answered and some jokes are thrown back and forth. I politely thank, Tom for his time and complete transparency on his title and position within the company. He states, “Know what you stand for, who your customer is and why you are doing this. Once you do, then the grind time begins, but it’s worth it.” With this last statement, he gives me the ‘knuckles’ hand sign, sends me off with a smile and just in time his phone rings and right there he starts all over again with another meeting. I’m proud to call him the leader of Duluth Pack.

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WELCOME THE DREAMERS

May 23, 2015
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Dare to dream and drive to do. Society is to the point of attempting to control us. “Look this way, do that, wear this, eat that”. It’s only exhausting if you give into their temptation. We want you to tear up their standards and crumple them into the garbage and say, “Hasta la vista!”. Duluth Pack praises you for being you, folks. Perfect, enjoyable, unique, anti-ordinary you. If everyone were the same, existence would be so predictably and utterly boring. Every person brings something to the table that makes people think and become inspired. Don’t go changin’, friends! We accept, applaud and are inspired by you.

Dreamers unite. You’re the one who’s push the envelope and reach for what society calls, “the unthinkable, undoable and the extraordinary”. We just call you the go-getters. Whether your interests and passions are in the arts, sciences, sports, technology, style, business, theater, music, etc – go get em’ tiger!

It’s like Duluth Pack as a company. If we changed up our theories, goals, aspirations and what we stick to as a core, we wouldn’t even been in existence today. Our stories are the same, heritage continues, our motto is consistent and the Duluth Pack brand remains. Sure, we could have redone our business plans, aspirations and conformed to what the rest of the population in canvas and leather goods did, but why? We don’t give in. We stick to our guns and don’t budget. We’re feisty (and friendly of course) and in the end, thrived . We are who we are. Duluth Pack gets it, we aren’t for everyone. Our goods are a premium product with a whole lot of punch in the quality, but also come with a Made in America price tag. We understand and it doesn’t bother us one bit. That’s who we are and our DNA. We are a quality Made in America brand that handcrafts products from top to bottom and stays loyal to the Lifetime Guarantee for craftsmanship and hardware. Sure, we may be a touch bias, but that’s quite a bargain for what you pay. Wouldn’t you say? (The rhyme seemed necessary)

In the end, go today and every day as you. Dream on, dreamers. Get thrown to the wolves and come back the leader of the pack.

– From your friends at Duluth Pack

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CLOSET SHOPPING

May 18, 2015
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Shopping in your man’s closet is the greatest thing since sliced bread. Well, maybe not, but it’s pretty darn close in some of our opinions.

The whole “North” fashion fad has become all the rage lately and we’re all about it. Perfectly plaid flannels, baggy slim ex-boyfriend denim, Ray-Ban sunnies, and our beloved Duluth Pack Scout Pack is all you need to complete this street style worthy ensemble. Let’s give a big round of applause to our men! Without having to look far and wide, we’re able to go right to their side of the closet and pick out an outfit that is head turning worthy (on the verge of snapping necks – that good!).

Before you think, “yeah right!” just wait a tick. You may have the thought, “I’m this size and he is that size – not the same or even close” and we say, “don’t sweat it!” Maybe you don’t have to take every single piece of clothing, hoard it away – (ahem, never give it back, because it’s that comfy), or actually use any of his manly cologned pieces, but rather become inspired, enthused, and ultimately create an outfit or outfits that he can relate to and become your somewhat fashion muse.

Here are a few staples that you can find in the majority of men’s closets whether they are trekking in the woods, reading the paper in the city, or laying on the beach. These are clothing essentials that are most common and packed with quality and brand recognition. So, let’s get to the good stuff, shall we?

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We’re starting from the top and working our way down. Bring on the beanies! The perfect go-to if the weather isn’t cooperating that day, you ultimately don’t have the time or will to do your hair, or just need the perfect accessory to complete your outfit. Welcome the Duluth Pack beanie ! Available in two hues, black and grey and cheaper than your lunch time meal. Get your hunk one and yourself the other – you’ll be the matching the couple that everyone secretly wants to be.

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Hello, sunglasses! They are crucial on hot, sweltering, sun blinding days, plus they are protective to your eyes. What is a unisex sunglasses that will work for him and for the lady? Boom – the notorious Ray Ban Wayfarer. Sleek black frames with a slight tilt to give an effortlessly cool vibe. You can find these stellar shades here . Johnny Cash will approve these all day long.

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Now we are at the core of the body. The majority of men and women have very different body types, structures and fits. What to do, what to do? Take the ideas from the prints and colors from their clothing. Checked patterns are always going to be in style, whether you’re geographically located near the brush or you’re the farthest location from it, it’s always going to be cool. They are flattering, universal, wearable, and classic. Hard to beat that in apparel! Here is a fantastic cape made by our great friends at Faribault Woolen Mills. They combined the neutral colors of navy and olive green (Found in almost every man’s closet) to construct this exquisite piece that will blow you away, plus it’s comfy cozy and comes with a hood! This is absolutely going into my closet this season and staying forever!

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It’s all in the bag. That saying works perfectly for this posting. What you carry in your tote, hunting gear, purse, backpack, or duffle is valuable, reliable, and means a great immense to you and Duluth Pack gets that. That is why Duluth Pack has strived to make the best products for our customers that will be there for them and their belongings each and every time. We know they are valuable to you, because why else would you be hauling them with you? Duluth Pack has designed over 250 styles of goods, yes, you read that right. A whopping 250 products and did we mention they can be constructed in 15 different canvas colors, 5 leather types, wool layovers, and different series? Just writing that makes my hair blow back and a bit tired. Now you know why we are so busy all the time! More the merrier on options, right?! Check out our homepage with the wide selection here .

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Now we’re getting down to the long stems of our bodies and how your guy inspires this region of the bod. It’s only a click away of course. Yoga pants are beyond comfortable, but skinny jeans are appropriate for the office. Here we have found the perfect combination of both benefits from both option A and option B. You can call us your best friend through a blog! Best pair of pants that you can dress up with heels or with our next option for footwear inspired by a la man.

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Last but not least, it’s time to style up your soles with a pair of shoes that completes your outfit, but stays within the unisex feel. Birkenstock knows what both men and women want and keeps their style, design, colors and authentic appeal the same regardless of who you are. The show stopper and awe-worthy Arizona Birkenstock sandal is available in the Duluth Pack store in Canal Park, Duluth, Minnesota and here .

After all the words and the few images spread on this blog, we hope you are influenced and open to run to your man’s side of the closet and dig through what intrigues his style. Please note, these items may not be in anyone’s closet, but products we recognized are pretty common in dresser drawers and hanging on hangers. There are many pieces that are worthy of being in this post as well, but limit ourselves, so you don’t become too overwhelmed! These elements are what can change up your look and keep things interesting and unpredictable every time you go to put something on.

From your friends at Duluth Pack

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DULUTH PACK X REDMOND DIGITAL MEDIA

May 13, 2015
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Fasten your seat belts and be prepared to be blown away with some incredible images and a video produced by our friends at Redmond Digital Media!

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We couldn’t ask for much more – a darling couple, a California sunrise, Duluth Packs and a camera to capture it all. It’s truly a great grouping! We have teamed up with the unbelievably talented duo (out of Santa Barbara, California) who own Redmond Digital Media. On an early Monday morning around 5 a.m., the group trekked out to a field of grass and a cliff that overlooks the sea (hello, paradise!) to snap real life photos of two people in love enjoying the simple matters in life. The Duluth Pack items featured in this shoot include: The Duluth Pack Domer Scoutmaster Deluxe, the Duluth Pack Roll-Top Scout Pack, the Duluth Pack Bison Leather Lakewalk Tote, the famous Duluth Pack Scout Pack, top selling TNT Oars T-Shirt, and last but not least, the Duluth Pack Leather Belt!

All of these products are available both in our flagship store in Canal Park, Duluth, Minnesota and on our website at duluthpack.com!

– From your friends at Duluth Pack!

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KISS THE COOK

May 11, 2015
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Get ready for a stomach growl, because delicious looking grub is coming your way!

Tis the season where barbecuing, summer grilling, and over the bonfire meals are prepared, cooked and then gobbled down. Needless to say, it’s our absolute favorite time of year! Spicy, salty, sweet, sour and a twist of savory are all found in this post. Whether it’s finger linkin’, grab and go, simmer over the fire, or just plain ole’ good looking morsels, we’re all over it! Thanks to the ease and instant accessibility of Pinterest (follow us by hitting THIS link) , anyone can become the new up and coming Betty Crocker. Check out some of our “need to try before we die” meals below.

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We’re starting off with a bang! As in, Dynamite Bang Bang Shrimp, folks! Wow-ee THIS recipe has seriously left my stomach craving and my tastebuds eager to gobble down this dish. If you’re not a fan of seafood or allergic, you can easily substitute chicken into the meal. This recipe knocks it out of the park, no questions asked.

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This photo makes use just think, “Hello there, carbs.”. The most All-American meal (minus hot dogs and burgers of course) but in a close third place is the notorious grilled cheese sandwich. It just takes you back to middle school days, doesn’t it? The ooey gooey filling of melted cheese squashed in-between two perfectly crisp pieces of bread – it’s like heaven on a plate. THIS dish pushes us to step up the grilled cheese game and incorporate a few more ingredients that will make the sandwich go from ‘yum’ to ‘give me now!’ kind of attitude. Now all we need is a cup of tomato soup and we are good to go.

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A food related blog post is nothing without a hint of sweet sugary goodness in the mix. Please note, THESE cupcakes are watermelon inspired. So, we take it that they count as a serving of fruit, too (kidding – kind of) .

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A scrumptious salty solution is here! The combination of Snickers and salty – that was the ticket to convince us to try THIS in a split second. Crunchy goodness is always a yes in our book.

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Veggies are tasty, friends. Especially when they are topped with sour cream and turned into fritters. Wa-la, wa-la! THESE suckers are fool-proof to make are and incredibly delectable. Give your side dishes a zip and try them for your next din. Ps: When you do, please feel free to invite the Duluth Pack clan.

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CHILI. CHEESE. FRIES. FIRE. Did we mention cheese? Yes, THESE babies are such a treat, especially when out in the brush. Some of our team has made these and swears they hit the spot when you’re craving a meal that maybe isn’t oh so healthy, but is darn good cookin’.

You all need some supplies to help with your prepping and food festivities. Check out our entire spread of cooking supplies (available in store and ONLINE ) that helps make your dinner a breeze. Maybe none of these recipes don’t intrigue you. Not a problem! Check out Duluth Pack’s minimal step meals, especially if you’re heading into the woods or on the water – HERE .

Have any of you tried or concocted these recipes before? We’d love to hear your opinions! Also, if you have a recipe that is share worthy, please feel free to email us at: [email protected] We will test them out and write another blog on our findings!

– From your friends at Duluth Pack

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A PACK, A PADDLE & A MASSIVE GIVEAWAY

May 7, 2015
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Over 133 years ago, the Duluth Pack brand and product was born, raised and established to be the USA’s oldest canvas and leather bag and pack making company. However, the story of Duluth Pack could not have reached the masses that it has without all of you. Thank you, thank you – very, very much! For all of your support, loyalty and following we are hosting a Duluth Pack Facebook Giveaway involving a Bending Branches paddle and Duluth Pack goodies that work for both men and women on our Facebook Page! Click HERE to access the Duluth Pack Facebook Page.

The Duluth Pack Giveaway on Facebook consists of a Duluth Pack tote, the original yummy Crapola granola mix, a grey cozy beanie, a delicious bag of Whole Bean Duluth Pack Paddler’s Blend java (there is vanilla hazelnut, rum and caramel – tastebud heaven!) and a Bending Branches paddle – whoa, that’s a whole lot you of goodness wrapped up in one giveaway! wow, do we wish we could enter!

Don’t wait too long to enter for it! This giveaway ends this Friday at midnight central time.

Good luck friends, we wish you the best of luck!

– From your friends at Duluth Pack

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SIMPLY IRRESISTIBLE

May 4, 2015
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Simply irresistible. (Ps: we know you just sang that phrase) Yep, that’s what Duluth Pack is!

Yes, yes, we admit that we are just being a bit funny and incorporating a fun term, but we are wanting to discuss the nitty gritty reality of Duluth Pack – we’re down right flashy SIMPLE !

That’s right, folks. We aren’t jumping on the bandwagon and getting involved in the latest and greatest “trendy” pieces that last 2 weeks to 6 months. Instead, Duluth Pack is sticking to it’s core and designing functional and versatile products that are as simple as simple gets.

Ready for us to break it down for you? Good! Us, too! This is the “recipe” to making a Duluth Pack.

1) Canvas

2) Leather

3) Rivets, or buckles, possibly zippers, or all of the above

4) Lots of laughter

5) Price tag

Sure, that’s the most simple version out there and we are missing some crucial steps, but you get the gist. We don’t have added bling, glitz, and glamorous details that are in one day and out the other. Ps: That’s completely okay, because that is not who Duluth Pack is!

Yeah, we are evolving and expanding our product line up and selection each day, but our brainstorming and researching are constantly around the basics of Duluth Pack’s origins. 1) Lifetime Guarantee – Give us the stability and tough as nails materials and we will get it done! 2) Functionality – We get it, you want to bring your Duluth Pack product from the trail to the bars and home and still look cool. Check, check, check! 3) Quality – Hello, that’s the essence of who we are. We respect your hard earned piggy bank money. You stress, sweat, and maybe even scream for that paycheck and we honor your hard work. So, we will create the best bag, tote, pack, or purse for you that is worth every hard earned buck you made. 4) Made in America – It’s who we are, it’s where we are from, it’s what we make. Period. 5) Credit - finding out “who” (no, not the brand, but the actual individual who made your product) is as clear as mud. It’s just not going to happen in most cases. That’s where Duluth Pack separates itself from the pack (no pun intended!). Not only does THE sewer who handcrafted your product sign a tag inside, but you can actually meet them in action here at the headquarters location. Yep, get a load of that!

As a company, we wish we could wrap all of our arms around who and give you a big squeeze! Why? Because you have accepted us for 133 years of playing it safe and never over compensating for our humble roots and specific requirements. We truly have the most amazing customers and following. It’s almost like a “pinch me” moment every day on how loyal you all are. I don’t think we will ever truly get use to it! All of your stories are so captivating and encouraging for us all as a brand and the Duluth Pack family! So, here’s to keeping it simple!

-From your friends at Duluth Pack

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DULUTH PACK PET ADOPTION DAY

April 28, 2015
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“A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself.” – Josh Billings

A pet brings unconditional, unselfish, consistent and genuine love. They were born to please their masters, bring simple joys to people’s lives and become part of the family. Unfortunately, not all dogs are lucky enough to have a warm bed, a belly scratch, or yard to run free in. This is where Duluth Pack has stepped in and teamed up with the fantastic team from Animal Allies here in Duluth.

On Saturday, May 2nd, Duluth Pack is ringing in “Be Kind to Animals Week” (this awareness week starts from May 2nd – May 9th) and hosting a DULUTH PACK PET ADOPTION DAY at the Duluth Pack retail store in Canal Park, Duluth, MN! There will be dogs of all breeds available for adoption, a donation bin will be present, along with ALL pet products sold during the event from Duluth Pack will have a percentage of proceeds go back to Animal Allies – triple whammy! Please feel free to bring your dogs down to the store, too. Pets of all kinds (as long as they are no harm to our customers and or employees) are welcome to come get a scratch, a free treat, and some sips from the water bowl every day at any time. We’re pet lovers, so bring them in!

So, mark those calendars, folks! This event is completely free to the public (plus, free parking still in Canal Park!) and we welcome for you to spread the word! You can come join the festivities from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. and help find a dog a forever home they so badly deserve and want.

For more information regarding the Duluth Pack Pet Adoption Day, please visit the Duluth Pack’s Facebook Page here.

We can’t wait to see you all there!

– From your friends at Duluth Pack